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Guess Again! Hardcover – September 15, 2009

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PreSchool-Grade 2—The earliest indication that this is not your typical guessing game comes on the endpaper as a robot energetically hatches out of an egg. For each round of guessing, readers are presented with a page of Rex's oil-and-acrylic illustrations opposite a rhyming quatrain. The completely unexpected and delightfully off-the-wall conclusion of the verse's final line is revealed on the next page. The images are especially droll. A spread set in a kitchen with a die-cut hole in the wall suggests that what's on the other side is a little mouse: "Who climbs our counters and eats our cheese?/We've set up traps all through the house/But still can't catch that pesky…." Turning the page, readers will see that what they thought was a cute little mouse was in fact the repulsive toe of a huge Viking. This is an especially fun book to share.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
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About the Author

Mac Barnett is the author of several picture books, including Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem and Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World). He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. Mac lives in Oakland, California.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 290L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416955666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416955665
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Our 4 year old daughter absolutely LOVES this book! Every night, I ask her which book she wants me to read at bedtime and (without fail) she grabs "Guess Again!" The first time we read it, the entire family was laughing at the unexpected answers when you turned each page. The illustrations are brilliant and so creative - I've never seen a book like it! Our 7 year old son, couldn't wait to share it with his friends - he loved that no one could guess the answers! It's great fun and I would HIGHLY recommend it!
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"Guess Again!" is a silly fun book where you have to guess an object from the clues given on the page. So on the first page you see a silhouette of what looks like a bunny. The shadowy ouline is set in a carrot patch. There is a rhyming verse that even rhymes with the word "bunny". But when you turn the page, it's not a bunny at all! It's Grandpa Ned (in a bunny like contortion)! Each page follows this same format - rhyming verse, visual clues, with a silly solution to the guessing game.

This book was a HUGE hit with my 5 year old. By the end, he was in fits of laughter and anticipating Grandpa Ned at every turn. We had to read the story 4 times in a row. He LOVED Grandpa Ned and all the other silly characters. The next day, he insisted on bringing the book to school to read to his class at story time. His teacher said the book was a big hit all around.

This book is very cute and entertaining. The text is easy enough for an early reader to sound out words. I actually wondered if this would be a story we'd read once and then lose interest in but that is definitely not the case here.

Definitely recommend for preschool/Kindergarten aged kids.
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Since I read this book to 32 classes, 650 kids, I think it should count in my total reads for the year. Though it only has 32 pages. And even though every page has only twenty words on it. But it is a deep book. So it should count. No, it's not really deep. But clever. Yes, I think we can agree that it is quite clever. Over the heads of most of my youngest library visitors. But, hey, they got some of it. Enough that it is now on the top 10 Most Checked Out Books list. And that's what really makes it count.
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I love the unpredictability of the book. Gave it to my dad to read to the grandkids. I have to say, the younger ones were a little confused at being wrong, and why it was so funny, but my dad was cracking up. :) The jokes probably work best for kids 7 +.
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Just when you think you know the answer to the riddle, it is something completely different. My son giggles at this book every time we read it. The illustrations are also very funny. This is a great book for a 4-6 year old, although my 7 year old nephew was also laughing very hard while reading it.
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This book was very cute. I actually wasn't expecting the real answers to the riddles, so I got a kick out of reading the book. The illustrations are attractive and humorous. The joke became a bit repetitive, but my kid didn't seem to mind. A good, short read overall.
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This book is a testament to the inherent intelligence of the early reading-age child. Whereas many books intended for this age are written simply to expose children to written language, "Guess Again!" engages the young reader as a participant in the creative process. A child will return to this book again and again because she realizes that with each turn of the page her expectation of what's almost certainly coming is replaced with something infinitely more hilarious. And this process is tremendously important in this age, when children are beginning to develop the cognitive power of abstract thought. It's refreshing to see a new children's author who seems to understand the important role of literature in the process of a child's cognitive development. "Guess Again!" is not only a wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated book, it's also an important one.
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I'm a HUGE HUGE HUGE Adam Rex fan! I can't recommend his Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and Pssst! enough! He has a sly sense of humor that clever children really respond to. Those two books have been wise investments and are among the top 10 most requested read alouds in our house. I can't say this is quite up to the level of those two, but truthfully not many books are! In this book children are encouraged to guess what a silhouetted object is based on some visual and verbal clues. They will quickly find that their assumptions are dead wrong as the next page (or flap) reveals increasingly ridiculous answers. Truth be told some kids might find this a little puzzling or even frustrating at first, but I predict that this is a book that will improve with subsequent readings. Children love being 'in the know' and will delight in playing along with the visual and verbal jokes.
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